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Viking Helgi Cruise Review
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My Russian wife approves!

Viking Helgi Cruise Review by bennetthardy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2018
  • Destination: Russia River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Outside Stateroom

My wife Vika is Russian. She has wanted me to see St Petersburg for our whole marriage. Finally we decided because Viking offered a river cruise that would let us see so many places including St Petersburg.

We loved everything about our cruise! While Viking Helgi isn’t a new ship, they did a great job making everything nice. The crew was incredibly friendly and helpful. And our cabin was always very clean and fresh. The food was also very good. I especially liked that everything was included. From the wine at dinner to the excursions.

One thing we especially liked was how being in a group we weren’t stuck in hour long lines to get entrance to our venues.

We were really treated like VIP guests. Everywhere we went, Viking had things covered. We especially loved the balet and the music show with traditional Russian instruments. One highlight in both Moscow and St Petersburg were the boat rides by night through the canals and rivers of both cities.

We would recommend the 2 day extension in St Petersburg to have time to explore and take in everything.

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Deluxe Outside Stateroom

Clean and fresh.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

By night. We went on a boat through a canal and river around the city. Incredible!

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Lots of amazing churches and history. I was expecting something very different. Very pleased!

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Red Square

Got plenty if time to see everything

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Amber Room

Included in Catherine’s palace tour. Beautiful!

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Catherine Palace

Beautiful place. Especially the Amber room.

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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Incredibly beautiful. Every inch inside is mosaic tiles...

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City Tour

Lots of traffic but saw lots of interesting things.

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Hermitage Museum

Incredible artwork from famous painters. Beautiful gold leaf and gorgeous furniture.

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Peter & Paul Fortress

Very emotional place. Saw the burial spots of the Russian Czars.

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Peterhof Palace

Optional tour worth every penny.

The grounds outside are as spectacular as the art on the inside.

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Russian Ballet Show

Swan Lake. Very nice show, and Viking gave us tickets in a private box.

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Russian Folk Dance

Fun and great music and dance.

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St. Isaac's Cathedral

Was across from our hotel. Very beautiful.

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